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List of fire-retardant materials

Fire-retardant materials should not be confused with fire-resistant materials. A fire resistant material is one that is designed to resist burning and withstand heat, however, fire-retardant materials are designed to burn slowly. An example of a fire-resistant material is one which is used in bunker gear worn by firefighters to protect them from the flames of a burning building. In the United Kingdom, after two significant construction fires which resulted in a combined loss of £1500 million, The Joint Code of Practice was introduced by the national fire safety organisation, {FPA},[1] to prevent fires on buildings undergoing construction work. The Joint Code of Practice provides advice on how to prevent fires such as the use of flame-retardant temporary protection materials such as some high quality floor protectors which are designed to burn slowly and prevent the spread of fires.


Fire-retardant materials used in buildingsEdit

Fire-retardant materials used in textilesEdit

  • PBI
  • Aramids - para and meta
  • FR cotton
  • Coated nylon
  • Carbon foam (CFOAM)
  • Polyhydroquinone - dimidazopyridine
  • Melamine
  • Modacrylic
  • Leather

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "The Joint Code of Practice". FPA. Fire Protection Association. Retrieved 28 November 2014.

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